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Head of Wisconsin elections board defends agency amid calls for its dismantling

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The head of Wisconsin's nonpartisan Government Accountability Board(GAB) is defending the agency from Republicans who are proposing its elimination.

GAB Director Kevin Kennedy testified Thursday before the Legislature's Audit Committee, countering criticisms of the GAB. He says they are "outsized, unreasonable and uncivil."

Republican have been pointing to an August audit that found problems with how the agency handled about 1,900 complaints filed with the board between 2010 and 2013.

Also on Thursday, an Assembly committee planned to vote on a fast-tracked bill that would replace the nonpartisan board with two separate commissions to deal with elections and ethics. Both those commissions would be led by Republican and Democratic appointees. The full Assembly plans to vote on the measure Tuesday.

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